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Holiday Gift Guide 2014 :: For the Hostess

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elegant gold & white thanksgiving table // camille styles

(holiday table by camille styles)

In just a couple weeks holiday parties will be in full swing (can you believe it?!) Whether it’s a family dinner, cocktails with friends or a large holiday party you mustn’t forget to bring a little something for the hostess. Struggling with what to give? Consider items that will resonate with your hostess. In the past I’ve given gifts I know the hostess will love including my favorite tea, cooking spices and dish towels with the hostess’ monogram. It’s always best to give a gift that you would like to receive yourself. If you love it, they should love it too! Here are a variety of hostess gift ideas for the 2014 holidays – you are bound to find one your hostess will love!holiday gift guide 2014 // hostess gift ideas // simplified bee #holiday #gifts

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1. pink himalyan salt // 2. diptyque candle // 3. kate spade ornament // 4. heathered knit throw

5. granite hexagon trivat  // 6. cookbook: honey // 7. ammonite drink coasters

8. mixed succulent wreath // 9. monogrammed dish towels // 10. tom dixon brass tea pot

11. harney & sons english breakfast tea

happy holidays,

cristin

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Read full story By on November 18, 2014 in book, Christmas, Features, food, gift guide, Holiday, holiday decor, monograms, tabletop, Thanksgiving

Friday Find :: Veggie Garden Basics

Can you feel it? Ah, summer is almost officially here. And one rewarding (and eco-friendly) project for the summer months is to plant a vegetable garden.

raised veggie garden basics

Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have a large backyard, there are plenty of container options that would be great for patios, decks or even fences. I love this vertical herbal and veggie garden solution below…

vertical veggie and herb garden ideaimage via Nesting Newbies

If you are thinking of creating a veggie garden this summer, now is the time and here are some fun tools and basics you’ll need to get started.

veggie garden basics

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Happy Friday!

Cristin

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Read full story By on May 31, 2013 in container garden, Features, food, Friday Finds, Garden, green design, healthy home

Our Butterfly Themed Fiesta Party

A few weeks back we celebrated a special event for my daughter. She loves burritos and butterflies so we decided to have a butterfly themed fiesta that included pinatas, dancing and a taco truck. As you may know, I don’t blog or post images of my kids, but wanted to share some of the decorations. The custom multi-colored butterfly table runner was the first item selected and set the lively tone for the event. The bright pink peonies, vibrant Mexican pottery and handmade butterfly garland hanging from the chandelier were my favorite decorations.

butterfly fiesta party ideas butterfly garland from recycled paper - fiesta ideas butterfly table runner and pink peonies - fiesta ideasbutterfly, initial andcross cupcake toppers mexican pottery, flowers and tangerines - fiesta ideas

The pink butterfly party invite was purchased at Minted.

peonies and cupcakes - fiesta party ideaskids fiesta party ideas with pinatamini pinatas - fiesta ideas

Loved these individual pinata for the kids! Each child pulls the ribbon and goodies drop out. They would be a fun DIY project, but I purchased them on Etsy.
outdoor table setting - fiesta party ideasroses and hot pink table cloth - fiesta ideas

Thank you Jen Jacobson for taking such beautiful photos!

xo

Cristin

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Read full story By on May 28, 2013 in baby and children, birthday party, Birthdays, Entertaining, etsy, flowers, food, invite, Parties, spring

Inspiring Easter Crafts and Decorations on Pinterest

I too have been scrabbling this week prepping for the Easter celebration. And for all of you looking for last minute ideas, I’ve pulled some of the most inspiring Easter crafts and decorations on Pinterest. I hope they inspire you too!

natural dyed easter eggsThese eggs are all naturally dyed. Love!

natural Easter eggs

Simple and sweet. These farm fresh eggs were decorated with a white paint pen. Yep, that’s it!

water color Easter eggs

These water color Easter eggs are so pretty and easy to do.

butterfly treat bag

Create darling butterfly treat bags using a sandwich bag, clothes pin, googly eyes and pipe cleaners.

bunny ear Easter bags

I also really thought these bunny ear Easter treat bags were super cute.

bunny_napkin_and_jars

Bunny ear napkins and jars filled with jelly beans and chocolate bunnies are perfect to decorate the table for Easter brunch.

diy paper flower wreath

Decorating the chair backs with a  paper floral wreath would also be a wonderful touch for an Easter brunch.

simple petits fours

Here’s a simple way to make pretty Petits Fours.

Easter lamb cake

This is an Easter lamb cake that my mom made a few years ago for an Easter brunch. The lamb cake mold was my grandmother’s, so it was extra special.

Wishing you and your family a joyous Easter!

Cristin

 

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Read full story By on March 27, 2013 in craft, Easter, Entertaining, event planning, flowers, food, Holiday